Archive for December, 2015

2016 Lexus IS 200t

Although the base IS 200t starts at $38,265 including destination, our tester was fitted with the $3545 F Sport Package along with some other options that brought its bottom line to $46,300.

2016 Lexus IS 200t   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Car

Dates tested: 10/22/2015 – 10/29/2015

Miles Driven: 158

Fuel Used: 8.1 gallons

1983 Chrysler Imperial

1983 Imperial

As a follow up to our The 10 Slowest Cars of 1981* post, we examine the state of new-car acceleration two years later. As it turns out, things did improve, but not probably as dramatically as shoppers at the time would have liked.

2016 Toyota Prius

New to the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius lineup is the Two Eco, which gets even better fuel economy than its already-thrifty siblings. Prius prices should start at about $25,000 when it goes on sale in January.

Scion iMWhen many folks think “hybrid,” what pops to mind is Toyota’s Prius. While it wasn’t the first of the modern gas/electric combinations, it certainly has been the most popular, frequently selling more than all other hybrids combined.

2016 Scion iM

2016 Scion iM

2016 Scion iM automatic     2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 158

Fuel Used: 5.1 gallons

Driving mix: 75% city, 25% highway

1987 Lincoln Mark VII LSC, Most-Expensive American Cars of 1987

At $25,540, the Lincoln Mark VII LSC ranks fifth among the most-expensive American cars of 1987. 

For auto enthusiasts, 1987 will always be remembered as the year that Chrysler purchased AMC. But it was also the year that Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted, and the fantasy video game The Legend of Zelda was released.

Forgotten Chrysler Models, Chrysler Executive Limousine,

Chrysler Executive Limousine

Now 90 years old, Chrysler is an automotive marque of the classic sort, with a past rich in history and storied product offerings. Ask someone to randomly name a few Chrysler vehicles, and you’re likely to hear model names including Imperial, New Yorker, LeBaron, and maybe Cordoba.

2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Chevrolet Trax LT

Consumer Guide Automotive 2015 Chevrolet Trax LT FWD

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 296

Fuel used: 10.0 gallons

2016 Scion iA

2016 Scion iA

2016 Scion iA Automatic   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Subcompact Car

Dates tested: 10/26/2015 – 11/09/2015

Miles Driven: 427

Fuel Used: 12.1 gallons

1983 Plymouth Tourismo

1983 Plymouth Turismo

Depending on who defines it, the automotive “malaise era”—the period of time during which vehicle performance declined steeply, mostly as a result of emissions issues—ended in the early Eighties. That said, what was considered quick by 1983 standards seems pretty quaint today.

2016 Buick Enclave

Enclave occupies the top rung of GM’s 3-row midsize-SUV ladder, placing it a step above the similar GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse. It’s considered a premium entry, as reflected by its $54,230 sticker.

2016 Buick Enclave AWD Premium  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 216

Fuel Used: 11.5 gallons